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4:00 PM ET, April 5, 2007

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Washington Post:
Pratfall in Damascus  —  Nancy Pelosi's foolish shuttle diplomacy  —  HOUSE SPEAKER Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offered an excellent demonstration yesterday of why members of Congress should not attempt to supplant the secretary of state when traveling abroad.
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Associated Press:
U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa meets Syrian president in Damascus  —  DAMASCUS, Syria: A visiting U.S. congressman held talks with President Bashar Assad Thursday, a day after a congressional delegation headed by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sparked controversy by meeting the Syrian leader.
Nico / Think Progress:
Washington Post Misleads, Contradicts Own Reporting, To Attack Pelosi  —  The Washington Post editorial page today published a vicious editorial attacking Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), calling her "ludicrous" and describing her bipartisan trip to Syria as an "attempt to establish a shadow presidency."
Dugald McConnell / CNN:
Carter backs Pelosi's trip, despite Bush's rebuke
Jessica Wehrman / Dayton Daily News:   Hobson says Pelosi trip productive despite critics
Newsdesk / The Swamp:
Was Pelosi in Syria unfairly accused?
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Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Tehran Likely to Pay Long-Term Price
Daily Mail:
Awkward questions amid the euphoria
Discussion: Telegraph and Britain and America
Washington Post:
Gonzales Prepares to Fight for His Job in Testimony  —  Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales has retreated from public view this week in an intensive effort to save his job, spending hours practicing testimony and phoning lawmakers for support in preparation for pivotal appearances in the Senate this month …
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Michael J. Totten:
An Army, Not a Militia  —  SULEIMANIYA, IRAQ - Iraq is a country with three armies and I'm-not-sure-how-many militias and death squads.  The Iraqi Army is nominally the national army, but it's still being trained, supplied, and augmented by the coalition forces, which is to say the Americans.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Patrick S Lasswell / Moderate Risk:   A Dormant Hell in Iraq
Zogby:
Zogby: Romney Rockets!  —  Latest New Hampshire telephone poll shows Romney's support nearly doubles to 25% to tie McCain; Giuliani trails at 19%  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has rocketed to the top of the field of contenders for the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary crown …
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United States Central Command:
Al-Sahab Expected To Release New Bin Ladin Video  —  Terrorism: Al-Sahab Reportedly To Release New Bin Ladin Video Message  —  On 4 April, a jihadist website carried the following posting:  —  "After a long absence by the shaykh of mujahidin, whom we have missed as well as his speeches …
Discussion: Cadillac Tight and PrairiePundit
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Rusty / The Jawa Report:
New bin Laden Video Expected
Discussion: Hot Air
Online NewsHour:
Petraeus Cites Areas of Improvement in Baghdad  —  JIM LEHRER: Now to our Newsmaker interview with General David Petraeus, the top U.S. general in Iraq.  I spoke to him this morning from the Green Zone in Baghdad.  —  General, welcome.  —  GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS, Commander, U.S. Forces in Iraq: Thanks very much, Jim.
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John Cassidy / New Yorker:
THE NEXT CRUSADE  —  Paul Wolfowitz at the World Bank.  —  Text Size: … The Selimiye Mosque, in Edirne, a city in northwest Turkey, is a magnificent stone edifice, with four minarets and an austere, octagonal-shaped body supporting a large dome.  Built for Sultan Selim II in the sixteenth century …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TalkLeft
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Murray Waas / The Huffington Post:
Favoritism Shown Towards Wolfowitz's Girlfriend
Discussion: Wonkette
Editor and Publisher:
Joe Klein in Tomorrow's TIME: Bush 'Clearly Unfit to Lead'  —  NEW YORK In the upcoming issue of Time magazine, out Friday, columnist Joe Klein considers what he calls the Bush administration's "epic collapse."  He concludes with a statement that may make some wonder if he is hinting that the president ought to be impeached.
Discussion: New Pairodimes
Brian Montopoli / Public Eye:
The Public Eye Chat With.Allen Pizzey  —  The Public Eye Chat With...Allen Pizzey  —  It's Thursday, and that means it's time for the Public Eye Chat.  This week's subject is Rome-based CBS News Correspondent Allen Pizzey.  You can read excerpts, and listen to the full interview, below.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
RAMESH PONNURU ON THE MARCH:  —  A couple weeks ago I recorded a bloggingheads segment, which unfortunately was lost to posterity due to technical problems, in which I was asked who I consider the most intellectually honest conservative writer.  I named Ramesh Ponnuru.
Discussion: TAPPED
en.rian.ru:
Belgium to impose tax on barbequing to fight global warming  —  The government of Belgium's French-speaking region of Wallonia, which has a population of about 4 million, has approved a tax on barbequing, local media reported.  —  Experts said that between 50 and 100 grams of CO2 …
 
 
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